Red kangaroo

Macropus rufus

Left hook

That's right: Kangaroos box! They clasp their opponents with the front legs, kick with the hind legs and sometimes land a powerful punch.


  • Origin


  • Habitat

    outside of coastal areas, prefers semi-desert, steppes, scrublands in the outback

  • Diet

    Feed on what the plant life in the barren outback yields: grasses, herbs, leaves, bark

  • Status

    least concern

  • Size

    over 100 cm high

  • Weight

    Female: 35 kg 
    Male: 85 kg

  • Gestation period

    33 days, at 235 days too big for the bag

  • Achievable age

    up to 20 years

Threat Categories of IUCN

Big jumps

When they need to be fast, kangaroos can easily jump up to 14 meters far and more than 3 meters high and thereby quickly overcome wide stretches of desert. In sprint, they reach up to 90 km/h. Their tail keeps them in balance.

Did you know that ...

... red kangaroos with size of about 1.40 m are the largest marsupials of the world,
... they cannot walk backward
... and that at birth they are as small as a jelly baby and grow about 8 months in the bag?

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Opening hours

Today, 28. July
9:00 - 18:30
Last admission: 17:00
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Feedings & Trainings

  • No public Animal feeding & training sessions are taking place at this time.


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Hardenbergplatz 8, 10787 Berlin

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